Guvacine

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  1. Guvacine

    truth to power?

    I see what you did there. It is a yes/no thing. Did the organizers know about the fuel cell powering the keel yes/no?
  2. Guvacine

    truth to power?

    Whether you did gravity drops "most" of the time is NOT the point. The point is, did you tell the organizers that you had a powered canting keel, and did they approve it? You can clear that up for us right now, and that will be the end of the story (at least for me).
  3. Guvacine

    truth to power?

    One minute Google Search. Scuttlebutt Sailing News for June 6th ... "Angry Beavers: Forward hatch leaked and watered the interior of their boat. Potentially related, they also lost their fuel cell for generating electricity for their canting keel."
  4. Guvacine

    truth to power?

    The focus on pumping to windward is missing the main point. Boats have canting keels because it gives them a sailing advantage over a fixed keel - a more powered-up larger rig and sailing flatter for a given wind speed. The advantage comes at the cost of energy expended to cant the keel. If that energy comes from muscle power, then fair enough and everyone is happy. But if the keel is canted from a non-muscle ("free") energy source, then every tack is giving that boat a free advantage. If the boat had to use the crew energy to swing the keel and tack the boat, then they would be slower, simple (the crew would suffer an energy cost, would tack less, need more rest etc.).
  5. Guvacine

    Don't need no J-Class

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGjWc50ipfk Just incredible! (Municipal de Traipu, Brazil April 2018) Picture Fernando De Amorim
  6. Its not that odd. It happens all of the time. Its called the influence of money and power. No one in the jury, race committee or club, wants to stand up to the vested interests who just want this to go away. They are all (individually) thinking about their futures. Basically shows that "sailing" in the Corinthian sense is fucked.
  7. God I hate sycophant suck ups. Maybe its a Kiwi thing Liquid, from your inter-village contests? How can anyone cheer for a team of obvious cheaters? Note OBVIOUS. WOXI and Oats will now be remembered forever as the team that cheats (built on this and last year's performance).
  8. Bullshit outcome. You can cheat if you are well connected. The Sydney Hobart is fu**ed.
  9. Guvacine

    Sobering accident report

    I read the whole report. What surprises me is that the report does not address the fundamental design problem of having a 600 kg boom/sail arrangement. Such a heavy boom is an accident waiting to happen IMHO regardless of the experience or size of the crew. If the boat had a conventional boom the whole disaster would not have happened, or would have been magnitudes less dangerous. If the report is seriously supposed to provide advice to prevent future disasters, why not point out that a massive infurling boom is not advised for blue water sailing? It also seems obvious (to me at least) that they were carrying too much sail for the conditions as evidenced by the violence of the gybe exploding the traveler hardware.
  10. This race is already so much more interesting than anything out of recent years of corporate ocean racing. No weather routing so no pre-ordained all doing the same thing - its actually a race because no one has any idea what is going to happen next. I expect that there is going to be huge interest in this race as the story develops, though maybe not so much from our SA regulars (from the other forum).
  11. Guvacine

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    This race is already so much more interesting than anything out of recent years of corporate ocean racing. No weather routing so no pre-ordained all doing the same thing - its actually a race because no one has any idea what is going to happen next. I expect that there is going to be huge interest in this race as the story develops, though maybe not so much from our SA regulars.
  12. Guvacine

    BLock Island Race- How to kill it..

    Lots of posts here are missing the point. Safety courses may be a good idea, but it doesn't change the fact that the gradual escalation of safety requirements for sailboat racing, particularly for open water events, is killing the sport. I have stopped competing in open water events because I am not going to spend hundreds (or thousands) of dollars for fancy kit (e,g, all handhelds must be gps-dsc) to meet the requirements of paranoid race organizers.
  13. Guvacine

    Snowflakes and sailing

    This entire thread is a living example of way most sailors have learned to avoid "racing" and why the "sport" is close to being dead.
  14. Guvacine

    Hancock

    It would be great if people who are NOT Southern Ocean veterans would be quiet. I am interested in hearing from people who have experienced these sea conditions and can make useful comments instead of know-it-all blabber. The fact is that the VOR is a commercial venture (a business) and like all businesses the first priority is NOT the comfort or safety of crews but dollars. It may well be that if the sailors who were going to sail the boats were also designing them, then they would be different in ways affecting comfort and safety.